New to Yoga?
“Let today be the start of something new.” -Anonymous
We strive to make our studio feel like a welcome place for beginners. We all remember our first yoga experience and want Total Body Yoga to feel like a place where you can learn and grow.
In addition to offering our Intro to Yoga series several times per year, we have more than 20 beginner level classes on our schedule each week. We guarantee each one of our teachers will make you feel at home and guided whether it’s your first class or your 91st class.
For further questions about our beginner level classes call TBY co-owner and program coordinator Julia Jonson at 773-706-2833.
Also, read our FAQ (below) for more information.
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Introduction to Yoga
Have you always wanted to try yoga but simply didn’t know where to begin? Our 3-Part Intro to Yoga Series will give you practical skills to help you make yoga a part of your life. Study the basics in a warm and welcoming environment.
Our 3-Part Series will prepare you to take other beginner yoga classes and will include:
- An overview of basic postures with a focus on how movements are done with purpose
- Each session will include practice time with a focus on the meditative aspect of yoga
- Classroom and studio guidelines and etiquette
- An introduction to yogic studies (yoga philosophy) and a brief history of yoga
Each 3-part series costs $75.00. Classes are held at varying times on weeknight and weekends. It is in the student’s best interest to attend the entire set of classes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear and bring and how do I sign up?
Please wear comfortable clothing to class such as shorts, leggings or yoga pants. Please keep jewelry and perfume to a minimum. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks as yoga is practiced with bare feet. It is recommended you refrain from eating 2 hours before class. If you must have some sustenance, make sure you eat lightly. You can bring a yoga mat, but it is not required as we have all of the props you might need. You do not need to sign up ahead of time and no reservation is needed. Just show up 15 minutes before your first class and we’ll show you around and explain the process of selecting a class plan that fits your needs.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a comprehensive wellness system that addresses all aspects of a person; mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Yoga is a Sanskrit word derived from the root yuj meaning to bind together, or to yoke. The aim of yoga is to unite the powers of the mind, body and emotions under the guidance of your own intelligence. Yoga can provide myriad ways to gain balance in your daily life. The postures can help you to overcome limitations of the body and mind. Yoga, in its many forms, cultivates overall wellness, which includes physical fitness, stress relief, inner peace, and spiritual growth. Read more about yoga in our blog.
What is Hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga done in Western culture, unites breath, body and mental focus. If practiced regularly, hatha yoga has numerous benefits including better posture, a healthier heart and much more. The meditative quality of yoga can even alter brain waves.
If I am new to yoga which class would you recommend?
Our restorative, gentle, gentle basics and basics classes are perfect for beginners. Teachers will guide you through simple sequences that will help you relax, calm your central nervous system, increase flexibility and help to strengthen your body. We also offer Intro to Yoga, a 3-part series for beginners, several times throughout the year. For more information visit our New to TBY? Section.
How much does it cost?
If you are a first time visitor of Total Body Yoga we will welcome you with 2 weeks of unlimited yoga for $30.00. You can try as many classes as you like during this trial period. After you’ve completed the 2 week offer, you can enjoy a 15% discount off of any of our class packages. Our class packages range in prices from $170.00 to $390.00 and we also have an option for monthly, unlimited yoga. See our full price menu under the Classes sec.
How often should I practice yoga?
You can practice yoga every day. It is important to take responsibility for your own yoga practice. Instead of seeing your time on the mat at a workout, think of your time spent practicing as a way to gain a better understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection. It’s important to choose classes that are appropriate for your level of practice. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask any of our skilled teachers. See our full schedule under the Classes section of our website and select a teacher in our About section.
What are the benefits of yoga?
The benefits of yoga are too numerous to list and this ancient discipline is gaining the respect of the Western medical community. If practiced regularly (at least 3 times per week), yoga can improve sleep, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, strengthen muscles and bones, increase both physical and mental flexibility, calm the central nervous system, ward off aging and much more. While the list of benefits is lengthy, perhaps the top reason to adopt a disciplined practice is peace of mind. “ As master teacher B.K.S. Iyengar put is so eloquently, “this practice of yoga is to remove weeds from the body so that the garden can grow.” Read our blog in our About section.